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tuft

 (tŭft)
n.
1. A short cluster of elongated strands, as of yarn, hair, or grass, attached at the base or growing close together.
2. A dense clump, especially of trees or bushes.
v. tuft·ed, tuft·ing, tufts
v.tr.
1. To furnish or ornament with tufts or a tuft.
2. To pass threads through the layers of (a quilt, mattress, or upholstery), securing the thread ends with a knot or button.
v.intr.
1. To separate or form into tufts.
2. To grow in a tuft.

[Middle English, probably alteration of Old French tofe, from Late Latin tufa, helmet crest, or of Germanic origin.]

tuft′er n.
tuft′y adj.
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tuft

(tʌft)
n
1. a bunch of feathers, grass, hair, etc, held together at the base
2. (Knitting & Sewing) a cluster of threads drawn tightly through upholstery, a mattress, a quilt, etc, to secure and strengthen the padding
3. (Forestry) a small clump of trees or bushes
4. (Historical Terms) (formerly) a gold tassel on the cap worn by titled undergraduates at English universities
5. (Historical Terms) a person entitled to wear such a tassel
vb
6. (tr) to provide or decorate with a tuft or tufts
7. to form or be formed into tufts
8. (Knitting & Sewing) to secure and strengthen (a mattress, quilt, etc) with tufts
[C14: perhaps from Old French tufe, of Germanic origin; compare top1]
ˈtufter n
ˈtufty adj
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tuft

(tʌft)

n.
1. a bunch or cluster of small, usu. upright but flexible parts, as hair, feathers, flowers, or leaves, that are attached or close together at the base.
2. a cluster of cut threads used decoratively on garments, upholstery, curtains, mattresses, etc.
3. a small clump of bushes, trees, etc.
v.t.
4. to furnish or decorate with a tuft or tufts.
5. to arrange in a tuft or tufts.
6. to draw together (a cushion, mattress, etc.) by passing a thread through at regular intervals, the depressions thus produced usu. being ornamented with tufts or buttons.
v.i.
7. to form into or grow in a tuft or tufts.
[1350–1400; Middle English, variant of toft(e) < Middle French tofe, toffe, of uncertain orig.; E parasitic t as in graft1]
tuft′er, n.
tuft′y, adj. tuft•i•er, tuft•i•est.
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Tuft

 a small cluster; a small group of trees.
Dictionary of Collective Nouns and Group Terms. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

tuft


Past participle: tufted
Gerund: tufting

Imperative
tuft
tuft
Present
I tuft
you tuft
he/she/it tufts
we tuft
you tuft
they tuft
Preterite
I tufted
you tufted
he/she/it tufted
we tufted
you tufted
they tufted
Present Continuous
I am tufting
you are tufting
he/she/it is tufting
we are tufting
you are tufting
they are tufting
Present Perfect
I have tufted
you have tufted
he/she/it has tufted
we have tufted
you have tufted
they have tufted
Past Continuous
I was tufting
you were tufting
he/she/it was tufting
we were tufting
you were tufting
they were tufting
Past Perfect
I had tufted
you had tufted
he/she/it had tufted
we had tufted
you had tufted
they had tufted
Future
I will tuft
you will tuft
he/she/it will tuft
we will tuft
you will tuft
they will tuft
Future Perfect
I will have tufted
you will have tufted
he/she/it will have tufted
we will have tufted
you will have tufted
they will have tufted
Future Continuous
I will be tufting
you will be tufting
he/she/it will be tufting
we will be tufting
you will be tufting
they will be tufting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been tufting
you have been tufting
he/she/it has been tufting
we have been tufting
you have been tufting
they have been tufting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been tufting
you will have been tufting
he/she/it will have been tufting
we will have been tufting
you will have been tufting
they will have been tufting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been tufting
you had been tufting
he/she/it had been tufting
we had been tufting
you had been tufting
they had been tufting
Conditional
I would tuft
you would tuft
he/she/it would tuft
we would tuft
you would tuft
they would tuft
Past Conditional
I would have tufted
you would have tufted
he/she/it would have tufted
we would have tufted
you would have tufted
they would have tufted
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tuft - a bunch of hair or feathers or growing grasstuft - a bunch of hair or feathers or growing grass
bunch, clump, cluster, clustering - a grouping of a number of similar things; "a bunch of trees"; "a cluster of admirers"
wisp - a small tuft or lock; "wisps of hair"
hexenbesen, staghead, witch broom, witches' broom - an abnormal tufted growth of small branches on a tree or shrub caused by fungi or insects or other physiological disturbance
coma - (botany) a usually terminal tuft of bracts (as in the pineapple) or tuft of hairs (especially on certain seeds)
2.tuft - a bunch of feathers or hairtuft - a bunch of feathers or hair    
crest - a showy growth of e.g. feathers or skin on the head of a bird or other animal
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.

tuft

noun clump, bunch, shock, collection, knot, cluster, tussock, topknot He had a small tuft of hair on his chin.
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Translations
خُصْلَه
trs
tot
brúskur, skúfur, toppur
augantis kuokštaiskuokštuotas
kušķītis
šop

tuft

[tʌft] N [of hair] → copete m, mechón m; [of grass] → mata f; [of feathers] → cresta f; (on top of head) → copete m; (on helmet) → penacho m
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tuft

[ˈtʌft] n [hair, wool, grass] → touffe f
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tuft

nBüschel nt; a tuft of hairein Haarbüschel nt; a tuft of feathersein Federbusch m
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tuft

[tʌft] n (of hair) → ciuffo, ciocca; (of grass) → ciuffo
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

tuft

(taft) noun
a small bunch or clump (of grass, hair, feathers etc). She sat down on a tuft of grass.
ˈtufted adjective
having or growing in tufts. a tufted carpet; tufted grass.
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.

tuft

n. penacho, copete.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012
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leonina, the AN could be seen to end dorsal to the ciliary bundles of the ampullary neurons that were closely grouped around the ciliary tuft cells. The serotonergic parampullary neurons were ventral to this grouping, with the dendrites of the lateral, sensory, parampullary neurons extending to the pretrochal surface some distance to the left and right of the central ampullary neuron-ciliary tuft cell grouping (Fig.
Epithelial tuft cells and goblet cells mediate immune response to microbes and microbial-derived peptides by secreting chemokines to which these intestinal macrophages readily respond [64-68].
(1997) reported that the elongate cilia on the ciliary tuft cells are motile and that the cells lack emergent axons, leading to the probability that, contrary to the supposition by Chia and Koss (1984), the ciliary tuft cells are not sensory.
Due to the lack of distinctive morphological characteristics of the surrounding multiciliated cells in comparison to the coronal cells of other species, the cellular classification of the equatorial band of sensory neurons (ciliated tuft cells) in Nolella larvae cannot be definitively applied.
1C), each of which is the protruding, multiciliated apex of a single cell (lateral ciliary tuft cells).
As in Rostanga, three major types of cells were observed in the AG of Aplysia: (1) four ampullary cells with large, heavily ciliated lumina; (2) three para-ampullary cells that extend one or two cilia from their apical surface; and (3) two ciliary tuft cells that project numerous long cilia from their apical surface.